Holiday Farmers' Market Application
The Fishers Farmers’ Market welcomes your application to be a vendor at the 2019 Holiday Farmers' Market! The Holiday Farmers' Market extends the farmers' market season through the end of the year and provides Fishers residents the opportunity to purchase fresh, local veggies, fruits, meat, and baked goods for their holiday meals and gatherings.
The Fishers Holiday Farmers' Market will be held inside the Holland Park Building (1 Park Drive, Fishers) just a short drive from the peak season market location at the NPD Amphitheater. Holland Park features a large playground popular with the surrounding neighborhood and plenty of vendor and customer parking. Daily customer attendance at the 2017 and 2018 Winter Farmers' Markets was 250 – 350 in November and December.
Applications for the 2019 Holiday Farmers' Market will be accepted through 5 pm on Friday, September 20, 2019!
How to Apply
Step 1 – See If You Qualify
The Fishers Farmers' Market is strictly a food and farms marketplace. We are interested in showcasing locally grown, raised, sourced, and produced products. We do not accept vendors of arts/crafts, services, or merchandise of any kind. We do not have informational or non-profit tabling opportunities at the Holiday Farmers' Market.
All products sold at the Fishers Farmers' Market must be grown, raised, or made in Indiana by the vendor (unless otherwise noted in the Vendor Handbook). Vendors at the Fishers Farmers' Market must reside in Indiana.
Please note: The Fishers Farmers' Market does not accept the following items:
- Arts/crafts, services, or merchandise;
- Dietary supplements, vitamins, herbals and botanicals, etc.;
- Food items not grown, produced, and/or processed by the vendor;
- Non-food items unless grown and processed by the producer (flowers, soap, lotion, beeswax candles);
- Products from Home-Based Vendors (HBV); all new vendors must prepare their products in a permitted commercial kitchen to better ensure the health and safety of our customers.
- Any product not produced in Indiana (unless an approved Specialty Food);
- Beverages not produced by vendor business (such as canned soda or juice, energy drinks);
- Carnival foods such as: corn dogs, hot dogs, cotton candy, candy apples, funnel cake, kettle corn, toffee, taffy, lemon shake-ups, etc. unless grown and processed by the producer;
- Nationally/internationally distributed products (defined as distribution to 10 or more states);
- Farmed salmon or salmon products (must be wild-caught);
- Products from businesses that operate under a franchise agreement.
Step 2 - Learn the Market Rules & Regulations
Please read our Vendor Handbook carefully to learn more about the Fishers Holiday Farmers' Market and the requirements and expectations for vendors participating in our market.
Note our new Sustainability Initiative for 2019 focuses on reducing waste from single-use plastic shopping bags. Vendors may not distribute new single-use plastic bags with handles for customer purchases.
Step 3 - Complete the Online Application
All prospective vendors must submit a completed application, even if they have been a vendor at the Fishers Farmers' Market in the past.
Applicants must list each product they wish to sell at their booth during the market season on their application. Products not listed on the application may not be sold at the market without pre-approval from the Market Manager. A vendor may not necessarily be approved to sell all types of products for which they apply.
Holiday Market vendors must commit to participating in the market for all dates (each Saturday from November 2 through December 28). Vendor schedules options are:
- Full-time: Vendor must commit to attending all market dates for the season and is allowed one (1) excused absence; fee is $60 per booth space for the season (November and December).
- Half-time: 1st and 3rd Saturdays OR 2nd and 4th Saturdays; fee is $40 per booth space for the season (November and December).
- Substitute Vendor
- Vendors may apply to be included on the rotating Substitute Vendor list. Vendors who apply for a food category that is already full and/or vendors who apply after the application deadline maybe be offered a spot on the Substitute Vendor list. Substitute Vendors are subject to the same rules as all vendors participating in the Fishers Farmers' Market.
- Substitute vendors are typically offered a booth space two weeks to two days before the market, depending upon when we receive last-minute cancellations. Vendors capable of being prepared to show up and sell at the market with little notice may be placed on a high-priority “last-minute” wait list and can receive invitations to join the Saturday market as late as 12 to 24 hours before market time.
- Daily booth fee for Substitute Vendors fee is $20 for the Holiday Market.
Vendor applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019. Vendors whose applications are received after the closing date may be placed on a substitute vendor list.
Step 4 - Application Review & Vendor Selection
The Fishers Farmers' Market is fortunate to have returning vendors who come year after year. Consideration will be given to those vendors with seniority. Highest priority will be given to farmers, growers, and producers.
New vendor applicants will be interviewed by phone and may be asked to submit samples of their products for market staff to evaluate.
All vendors must be approved before they are admitted to sell at the Fishers Farmers' Market. Vendors are not selected on a first-come first-served basis. Vendor selection criteria are designed to keep the market fresh, interesting for customers, and profitable for vendors. The Fishers Farmers' Market does not offer exclusivity for any vendor, company, brand, or products sold.
The Fishers Farmers' Market strives to be an accelerator for local food entrepreneurs grow new businesses. It is not our intent to penalize concession and/or prepared food vendors for being successful, but our goal is to provide opportunities and support for emerging food producers rather than larger, well-established businesses. The reality is that some food businesses are simply too big for the farmers market. We generally do not approve vendors with more than one brick-and-mortar (retail) location and prefer to provide market space to vendors who do not have retail stores.
Other vendor selection criteria include:
- History with the Fishers Farmers' Market including but not limited to: adherence to market rules and regulations; number of years participated in the market; weekly market attendance/tardiness record; and payment of fees.
- History of Health Department violations.
- Enhancement of overall product mix at the market without creating excessive supply of any one product as determined by the Market Manager and selection committee.
- Quality of products for sale by vendor as well as attractiveness and presentation of products/displays at vendor’s booth.
- We no longer accept new Home-Based Vendors (HBV); all new vendors must prepare their products in a commercial kitchen to better ensure the health and safety of our customers.
Selected vendors will receive confirmation of the dates for which they are approved and request for payment of the booth fee. Payment is due when the vendor is approved (please do not send payment with application).